How often do you change the studs on your golf shoe? If you answered “eh? “, We are here to help you. With the growing popularity of spikeless golf shoes, too many golfers forget that most spiked golf shoes have the ability to replace spikes when they wear out. We caught up with Mark MacNeill, Product Manager at Softspikes and Champ, for a need-to-know reminder regarding golf stud swapping.
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How to tell if your shoes have replaceable cleats or not

The first thing you’ll want to do is check the underside of your spiked golf shoe to see what type of spike you’re working with. Most studs will have a brand name and key holes, the most obvious indicator that your studs are replaceable.

Replacing the tips is essentially resurfacing the bottom of your golf shoe. If you play under normal conditions and the upper of the shoe is made of quality materials, replacing the spikes is an affordable alternative to replacing the shoe.

“When your car’s tires wear out, you don’t buy a new car, you change the tires,” MacNeill said. “It’s a similar concept with spikes.”

How often should you change your tips?

The general rule of thumb is to change your spikes every 15 to 20 turns, or about twice a season for the average golfer. MacNeill points out that this pace will vary depending on the conditions and the type of golfer you are.

“Someone playing in Southern California or Arizona in hard surface conditions with no moisture or walking a lot of cart tracks will go through spikes much faster,” MacNeill said. “And on the other hand, a golfer who is more inclined to take a cart will see more life on his tips.”

Sometimes one or two adjustments will make a huge difference

MacNeill also pointed out that you don’t necessarily have to change all of the tips at once. Most right handed golfers will have more wear on the right rear heel than on the upper left toe, for example, so you can swap out the more worn tips as needed for a quick increase in traction. Spikes or no spikes, it’s a good idea to flip your shoe every few turns to make sure the traction elements are in good condition.

“If you’re serious about your golf game, you want to eliminate variables,” MacNeill said. “Golfers will dial a degree on their driver but ignore the traction. If you really want to improve, why not start with your feet? “